Being cool is rarely the path to success. Typically, it’s the path to dysfunctional relationships because the inherent problem with being cool is self-focus.
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Biblical “coolness” is counter-cultural. Un-esteemed, unlovely, unappealing, and unacceptable are some of the trademarks for the un-cool. (Read Isaiah 53:1-7) The irony about Christ’s out-of-step ways is how passionate Christians are about following Him.
He probably over-focused on His schoolwork. I doubt He was interested in girls. His toga was perhaps a little too high on the ankle when compared to hip Jewish customs. No doubt, He was the teacher’s pet. And His language was peculiarly different from His peers (John 7:46). A true outlier, He was.
And this was the person the Lord picked to be our leader; not the mighty. Another irony was the impossibility of Him ever being a success (Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25). Which comes first: being godly or being cool. I’m under the assumption those two words are antithetical. Personally, I think Jesus is amazingly cool.
Don’t be fooled by what you see or be tempted to follow what our culture affirms as the way (John 14:6). Jesus is amazing. His path is right. The result is eternally satisfying.
Time to Reflect
- Whose opinion means the most to you: God’s opinion or the opinion of the culture? Why did you answer that way?
- What is your biggest hindrance that keeps you from fully identifying as a Christian? Why did you answer that way?
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